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Even Nader's sound bites bite

This is from MSNBC's First Read blog.

Ralph Nader closed his third-party presidential campaign Tuesday at a small press conference in Washington D.C.'s National Press Club. He instructed reporters that he would only give one-word answers to all questions posed — in a sarcastic nod to the sound-bite nature of election coverage.

The stilted question-and-answer session felt at times like a bad game of Jeopardy. Reporters played along with little protest and reached for questions that led to one-word answers. But there were some telling moments. Here's a sampling:

What is your opinion of Obama? "Clever."

What is your opinion of Palin? "Developing."

How much money did you raise for your campaign? "Insufficient."

Why do you keep running for president? "Justice."

What should Bush do on his last day in office? "Surrender."

When asked if he would run again, he offered only this reply: "Maybe."

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